Friday, March 9, 2012

My Personal Research Journey

I'm a little nervous in my new course, but did find a topic that I would love to learn more about. I decided to research Down Syndrome and the early intervention process/school readiness. Let me give you a little history on why I chose the broad topic of Down Syndrome. My husband's parents divorced when he was very young. His mother remarried a man with a young son--this man's name is Larry. Pryor to this man becoming my husband's step-father, Larry had been married with two boys--one aged 13 and one aged 7. Sadly the 13 year old had just lost his battle to complications of leukemia. Along with leukemia, this beautiful boy also had Down Syndrome. My father-in-law still morns his eldest son's death. Working so closely with the special needs preschool class, I have a true interest in special needs--especially Down Syndrome. Just listening to my father-in-law share stories of his bright, beautiful boy makes me want to understand the syndrome to its fullest. I decided to look into early intervention because the sooner we intervene, the better chance these young children have at a successful future.

I'm hoping my research journey will be successful and any tips along the way will help. I'm nervous and excited to begin my research journey and I hope you will help me!!!

Good luck!!


Julia said...

Hello Rebekah!

I think your focus on Down's Syndrome is an excellent choice. In all the years I have taught preschool, I have only had one child in my classroom with Down's, but I will never forget her. She was one of the most loving and compassionate children I have ever worked with. Just a beautiful young girl!

Best of luck on your research. I am glad to get to know you through your blog and I look forward to reading more about your journey in this course.

Ginny said...

First of all I love your blog background. I need to work on mine a little. Yours is too cute. Your story was very touching about your husbands family. Down syndrome has always puzzled me, it seems as though there are some many unanswered questions. Also, the older I get without having had any children it becomes more of a reality of having children later in life. To say it doesn't concern me would be an understatement. I look forward to your research on this topic and if I come across anything that I think would be of help to you I will send it your way. My topic is on family involvement, but there could be something related to families involved in special needs programs with down syndrome children. Your father in law is lucky to have a compassionate daughter-in-law like you.